Former IRB chairman Dr. Dale Hammerschmidt comments on the Markingson scandal in today's MinnPost.
"I will register my disappointment, however, at the university’s
response. On several occasions, we have been told that the university
and its investigators have been 'exonerated,' because the attorney
general chose not to prosecute and the federal oversight bodies (FDA and
OHRP) did not effect any sanctions. I think that most faculty members
understand that a decision not to prosecute is quite a few steps shy of 'exoneration,' and I think most faculty members would like to see a
higher behavioral standard than 'freedom from felony prosecution.'"